Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st May 2006 22:33 UTC, submitted by brewin
AMD AMD may be looking to buy graphics company ATI Technologies, a move that would benefit the overall graphics industry, according to RBC Capital Markets. "The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD to significantly increase capacity over the next few-years," wrote analyst Apjit Walia in a note to investors Wednesday. "We believe ATI is a rare-buy in the semiconductor space right now given the near-term tie-up dynamics."
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Hmmm...
by Sodapop on Wed 31st May 2006 22:52 UTC
Sodapop
Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know, I just can't really see this unless ATi was in trouble fiancially.

If they did, it could be a blow to Intel. As for Linux drivers, I'm not sure. Is it Intel or AMD that does more for Linux? I'm thinking AMD, so this could be a good thing for the Linux community.

But I just don't think this will take off, it is just a rumor.

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RE: Hmmm...
by diegocg on Wed 31st May 2006 23:10 in reply to "Hmmm..."
diegocg Member since:
2005-07-08

If they did, it could be a blow to Intel


I doubt it - Intel has been doing the same for a while: they sell CPU + chipset + video + audio + ethernet + wireless + ... for a long time. Intel calls it "platform": A "complete" solution, since a complete working system is going to need all those components. Because everything come from the same company, it's cheaper and simpler (motherboard makers don't have to waste time joining all the pieces)


This is the main reason why Intel is untouchable on laptops even if AMD can provide good laptop CPUs. AMD has good CPUs, but a complete system is not just a CPU. It's more that AMD wants to play (or needs to play) the same game than Intel than other thing.


Is it Intel or AMD that does more for Linux? I'm thinking AMD

~/kernel/2.6 # grep -i intel\.com MAINTAINERS| wc -l
26
~/kernel/2.6 # grep -i amd\.com MAINTAINERS| wc -l
3


(and one from AMD is duplicated, the other is a URL not a email adress; Intel has also duplicates but a lot of them are not)

Intel has at least two or three or more guys working around the ACPI implementation, they collaborate with opensource drivers for their wireless devices, ethernet devices, video chipsets....I buy Intel just because I get great support for most of my devices, even if their CPUs have been sucking for a couple of years

Edited 2006-05-31 23:19

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RE[2]: Hmmm...
by smitty on Wed 31st May 2006 23:28 in reply to "RE: Hmmm..."
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

I would call both Intel and AMD pretty open source friendly, but Intel contributes a lot more. IMO mostly because they have so much more money to throw around while AMD has to watch every dollar they spend.

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RE[2]: Hmmm...
by hobgoblin on Thu 1st Jun 2006 01:14 in reply to "RE: Hmmm..."
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

hmm, that "platform" thingy makes me wonder about the validity of the article/editorial we had recently about apple vs dell...

it kinda seems that intel is going back to the times of the "single board computer", or whatever you want to call it.

only diff is that the os is no longer burned onto a chip...

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RE: Hmmm...
by rayiner on Thu 1st Jun 2006 01:50 in reply to "Hmmm..."
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

Intel does a lot more for Linux, and OSS in general. Most of Intel's hardware has open specs, and they've funded teams to work on Linux drivers. For example, they funded the DRI driver for their integrated graphics chips.

They've also maintain a bunch of OSS projects, for example the reference ACPI implementation, the ORP Java runtime, and the ORC Itanium compiler.

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RE[2]: Hmmm...
by chemical_scum on Thu 1st Jun 2006 12:41 in reply to "Hmmm..."
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

I don't know, I just can't really see this unless ATi was in trouble fiancially.

There have been rumours of ATI beeing in financial trouble but their stock has been pretty stable over the past year.

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